David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Abstracted Bodies, an exhibition of paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures that explore a variety of formal approaches to figuration and abstract representations of the human body, spanning the past six decades with works by William Brice, Peter Chinni, Michael Cook, Edward Dugmore, Beverly Fishman, Jean-Marie Haessle, Gregory Frank Harris, Marcia Lyons, Paul Henry Ramirez, Louis Ribak and David Solomon.
The earliest works include paintings and drawings by Louis Ribak from the 1950s. Six drawings on paper by William Brice from the late 1970s and early 1980s will be presented, in which he explored the use of lines and abstract shapes to represent the female figure. In the 1970s, Edward Dugmore produced collages of simple, reductive line drawings that suggested images of sinuous nude female figures emerging through a haze of colored smoke and mist. Jean-Marie Haessle used the body and select parts in the 1980s as a device to create abstract compositions. The paintings of Michael Cook span two decades and range from conceptual abstractions of the human figure to diffuse images of multiple different people who share the same local portion of their email addresses. Peter Chinni’s bronze sculptures of abstracted couples embracing one another evoke cubist themes, while Gregory Frank Harris’s figures are reminiscent of Dubuffet and l’ art brut. David Solomon’s biomorphic abstractions of human figures, heads, eyes and lips are painted on metal supports, but the actual forms are inspired by the shapes of seed pods and marine life. Marcia Lyons overlays close-up photographs of her body on top of the floor plans of her various apartments in Paris to create rectilinear representations of her body. Paul Henry Ramirez’s work is colorful, playful and whimsical, exploring the human body and its functions as represented by evocative abstract biomorphic and geometric forms that are often sensual and suggestive. Beverly Fishman’s acrylic and enamel paintings on polished stainless steel are more than life-sized abstract portraits comprised of the viewer’s reflections through a mass of fluorescently colored medical imagery.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an on-line catalog with an essay by Aline Brandauer.